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From Paris to PeoriaHow European Piano Virtuosos Brought Classical Music to the American Heartland$
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R. Allen Lott

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195148831

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148831.001.0001

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From Paris to Peoria

R. Allen Lott

Oxford University Press

Partly because of the Civil War, no outstanding European pianist visited the United States during the 1860s. Women pianists were now entering the profession with a vengeance and several came to America, perhaps seeking greater acceptance than possible on the continent. Several of a very high caliber toured extensively throughout the United States shortly before Rubinstein's arrival, including Alide Topp (in the US 1867-70), Anna Mehlig (1846-1928; in the US 1869-73), and Marie Krebs (1851-1900; in the US 1870-2). Three more significant women pianists appeared later in the decade of the 1870s: the American Julie Rivé (later Rivé-King; 1854-1937), Arabella Goddard (1836-1922), and Annette Essipoff (1851-1914). The proliferation of women performers helped consolidate a pivotal change in the repertoire of the virtuoso pianist, who now interpreted works in a variety of styles by an array of composers representing the past and present.

Keywords:   Alide Topp, Anna Mehlig, Marie Krebs, Julie Rivé-King, Arabella Goddard, Annette Essipoff

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